Contesting 2013 general elections for the initially prescribed Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) parties in Bhutan is not going to be as smooth as they did in 2008. Following registration of two new parties Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Mitsher Tshogpa (DMT), the country’s fifth party, Bhutan Kuen Ngyam Party has registered with the election commission to make other parties really brush up for taking actual agenda to the people during the election campaign. So with the fifth political party, vying to contest the election, Bhutan is going to make itself a multiparty democracy.
Sonam Tobgay, the Party Spokesperson cleared out some specifications of the party manifesto to media claiming the party to consist of a group of ‘clean’ thinkers. “We want people who are motivated, committed and morally pure in the characters so that we can deliver the public service diligently,” said the Spokesperson.
“We are a group of committed people, willing to make personal sacrifices with convictions and motivations towards nation building,” he claimed.
Some priorities cited in the press release issued by the party are employment for youths, halving the salaries of political office bearers, review civil service emoluments, and improving living conditions of Bhutanese in general.
“We need the leader to be economically equipped to run the country and has technical background rather than having just diplomacy and charisma,” reads the press statement.
Media reports from inside have claimed that preparation for announcing the sixth party has been underway.